curse word

noun

Definition of curse word

: a profane or obscene oath or word : curse, swear word Eisenhower could swear as eloquently as most sergeants, but he went easy on the curse words in mixed company.— Stephen E. Ambrose

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For television news executives, censoring curse words is typically a no-brainer. BostonGlobe.com, "ABC tells Democrats to keep their language clean tonight (ahem. . . Beto) - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 What3words removed any hyphenated words, curse words, and homophones. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "These Guys Mapped Out Every 3-Meter Square on Earth with a Unique Three-Word Phrase," 4 Sep. 2019 Kelley knows just what to do with that, deploying curse words and hurling Bible-thumpings with equal zest. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: 5 things to know about ‘Pray The Gay Away'," 24 Aug. 2019 Most of the curse words that my two sons, Zane and Aidan, know have been learned from the back seat when Brian’s driving. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "In our marriage, I let Brian take the wheel.," 20 Aug. 2019 Sometimes bad things happen in the office, your emotions run high and a curse word accidentally slips out of your mouth. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Your biggest workplace dilemmas answered," 9 Aug. 2019 Pat had great taste in clothes, music, curse words, cars, movies and men. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 Maybe 2019 is the year of healthy, natural nails and creative, baby-friendly curse words for the Duchess of Sussex? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Every New Year, Meghan Markle Sets Herself the Same, Super-Relatable Resolutions," 31 Dec. 2018 While some in the purple state tut tut her curse word, Whitmer repeats the line to highlight what most people care about: being able to live their day-to-day lives. Sarah Kunst, Marie Claire, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Ready for the Top Job," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of curse word

1870, in the meaning defined above

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